Friday, March 16, 2012

Ding dong the witch is dead

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has announced that he’s retiring to take on a different sinecure as Master of Magdalene College. I’m glad the blithering old fool is going, but there’s some concern that even bigger idiot John Sentamu will land the gig.

The prime minister, David Cameron, said in the Guardian: "I would like to thank Rowan Williams for his dedicated service as archbishop of Canterbury. As a man of great learning and humility he…

Wait, what? Humility?  This is a man who has two palaces and at least one solid gold hat and says he knows what the creator of the universe wants.  You’d be hard pressed to find anyone less humble.

…guided the church through times of challenge and change. He sought to unite different communities and offer a profoundly humane sense of moral leadership that was respected by people of all faiths and none."

Ah yes, to unite different communities by, for example, advocating Sharia Law in the UK. That’s right, Rowan.  Throw women under the bus to strengthen the execrable notion that faith – regardless of creed – is good.  Don’t worry that Sharia courts don’t consider women to have the same rights as men.  Never mind that any such move would surely result in Muslim women being denied justice.  Just cosy up to Muslims because they are your brothers in delusion.  You need them as allies in your hand-flapping attempt to stave off the inevitable decline of religion.

By leaving now he makes time for his successor to prepare for the next Lambeth Conference, a worldwide gathering of Anglican bishops due in 2018.

ROFL.  That’s longer than we’ve been preparing for the Olympics.  What does he need to do?  Book a room?  Make sure there’s plenty of bottled holy water on the conference table?

Williams is not a fan of gay marriage.  He says that the government isn’t allowed to define what marriage is, which raises the question of who is?  Marriage has changed enormously over the years.  For example, women now have more rights in marriage than they used to (and very much more so than when the Bible was written).  These changes reflect the times and the needs of the population and we’ve changed the law to accommodate them.  Isn’t a fundamental shift in the rights and expectations of women in marriage redefining what marriage is?  Williams presumably doesn’t object to those improvements to marriage, but draws the line when it comes to homosexual marriage.  Where have we heard that before?

According to the Mail:

Although I think there is also a lot of ignorance and rather dim-witted prejudice about the visible manifestations of Christianity, which sometimes clouds the discussion.

And this says it all. Whatever you do, don’t judge the church on what it actually does.  Judge it on the things you can’t see which – Williams says – are really really good, honest.

Yes, there is a challenge and yes, the Church's public role is more contested than it used to be, and yes, we have to earn our right to speak more than perhaps was once the case but that is probably good for us.

Good for you?  The church’s role is changing because it is increasingly irrelevant to everyone, not because you can spin it to make it seem like it was your idea all along.

I wish Williams wasn’t being replaced at all, but let’s at least hope that the ineffectual yet self-important bigot Sentamu doesn’t get the job.

David Cameron would be acting like a ‘dictator’ and overruling the Bible if he legalises gay marriage, Dr John Sentamu also warned.

Then we’re also overruling the Bible if we create laws to prevent slavery, sowing wheat and barley in the same field, wearing polyester, eating shellfish  or shaving.

Or the death penalty, including for adultery or working on the Sabbath or laughing at religious people for being bald..

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